Lauren Dezenski was born and bred in Eden Prairie, Minn.
Before graduating from Eden Prairie High School in 2010, Lauren spent all four years on staff at the high school newspaper The Eyrie, doing everything from layout to writing stories about the district's budget and ultimate frisbee. Her senior year, Lauren was named editor-in-chief of The Eyrie. She punctuated her high school journalism career when she was named Minnesota's High School Journalist of the Year.
Heading east to study journalism and political science at Boston University, Lauren quickly got involved in BU's independent student newspaper The Daily Free Press. Beginning as staff writer first semester freshman year, she worked as a business reporter, transit system beat reporter, business editor, blog editor, layout editor, and online editor, before joining the paper's publishing company in 2013.
In 2012, Lauren received the Nathan H. Miller Award in recognition for her work at The Daily Free Press from BU's College of Communication.
She is also a member of the Society of Professional Journalists, a former president and founding member of the Boston University SPJ chapter, and a graduate of SPJ's Tedd Scripps Leadership Institute.
Lauren took off her second semester of junior year to work at The Boston Globe. There, she worked as a metro correspondent, covering breaking news and general assignment reporting for the city desk during the first six months of 2013. She was a member of the Globe's Pulitzer-winning breaking news team covering the Boston Marathon bombing, contributing to 28 stories during the week of the bombing alone.
In fall 2013, Lauren studied abroad in London, UK. When not traveling or gawking at the Royal Family, she took classes in journalism and political science and covered technology as an editorial intern for the UK's leading technology media company, IDG UK.
Before graduating in May 2014, she covered the Massachusetts Legislature for the Cape Cod Times and the New Bedford Standard-Times, delving into the Bay State's unique brand of politics all semester long.